Safety, security and sustainability
The university is committed to providing a safe and healthy workplace for students, staff and visitors. Students and staff must take reasonable care of themselves and others; cooperate with actions taken to protect health and safety; seek information or advice from a staff member before performing new or unfamiliar tasks; report all health and safety accidents, incidents and hazards as soon as is practicable; and follow emergency evacuation procedures.
- Emergency procedures: Report emergencies to security (24 hours) by dialling 6 from any internal telephone or 1800 249 559 from mobile phones. See also the emergency evacuations procedures and Escape from UTS evacuation video.
- First aid and health service: See the first aid poster in your work or study area for the name, location and phone number of first aid officers. If there is no first aid officer nearby, contact security (24 hours) by dialling 6 from any internal telephone or 1800 249 559 from mobile phones. All security officers are trained in first aid. The UTS Medical Service at City campus, Broadway provides a confidential general medical practice for students and staff.
- Hazard and accident/incident reporting: If you are involved in an accident, or if you identify a hazard at UTS, then you should report it using the Hazard and Incident Reporting Online (HIRO) system. If the accident is serious, report it to security (24 hours) by dialling 6 from any internal telephone or 1800 249 559 from mobile phones.
- Safe work practices: Always follow safe work practices as provided by your lecturer, demonstrator or other supervising staff. This includes wearing any protective equipment required. Ask for help if you are unsure about how to use a piece of equipment or undertake a task, particularly before carrying out new or unfamiliar work.
- Smoke-free environment: Smoking is not permitted inside any university building or vehicle. This includes areas adjacent to entrances and exits of buildings, windows and air intakes for air conditioners. Smoking is only permitted in designated smoking areas. Dispose of cigarette butts in the bins provided. Contact the UTS Medical Service for advice regarding quit smoking programs.
- Campus shuttle bus: The university operates a number of free shuttle bus services for UTS students and staff.
- Lost and found: The security office is the first point of call to check for lost property or to hand in found items. Items are kept for three months and, if unclaimed, may become the property of the person who found the item.
- Security systems: All buildings are accessible by access card, and are protected by an electronic intrusion detection system and 24-hour CCTV monitoring. See Student ID cards for information about obtaining an ID Card.
UTS has a strong commitment to sustainability across all areas of the university in research, teaching and learning, campus operations and community engagement.
- Transport: UTS promotes sustainable transport with extensive links to trains, buses and light rail, a shuttle bus, a carpooling program, and bike parking with lockers and showers.
- Waste and recycling: UTS has extensive recycling programs.
- Energy and climate change: The university has ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and energy efficiency initiatives.
- City campus upgrade: Sustainability is at the core of the City Campus Master Plan, a $1 billion campus upgrade.
- Community engagement: Under the UTS Green banner, students and staff participate in a wide range of sustainability initiatives including events, games, competitions, films, etc. UTS collaborates with corporate and community partners and is a member of the Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS).
- Research: Sustainability research at UTS is transdisciplinary in nature. Examples include the following:
- Teaching and learning: Sustainability is represented across all faculties and specific study can be undertaken across almost the entire range of degrees and disciplines. In addition, UTS administers the national sustainability teaching and learning resources hub.